A nation is measured based on how it treats its children. 

Canada is one of the best countries in the world in which to grow up.
Kids who live in Canada have won the lottery.
Canada takes good care of our youth.

These are great statements and most people believe them, but sadly they are not always true.  

While Canada is the 5th most prosperous country in the world, we are ranked 17th out of 29 affluent nations for our children’s wellbeing, and we drop to the bottom ranks for key measures on children’s health and safety, as well as child poverty.

The truth is, the kids are not alright, and it's time for Canada to measure up!

It is not enough to say that children are our future. Those words mean nothing unless backed up by concrete actions to invest in children right now. Today, there are more than six million children in Canada, and all of them matter.


About Children First Canada

Children First Canada has a bold and ambitious vision to make Canada a world-leading country where all of our children thrive. By harnessing the strength of the many organizations committed to improving the lives of Canada's children, we will take the lead in building public awareness and promoting public policies that ensure our children's wellbeing.

We are a strong, effective and independent voice for all children  working to change attitudes, perceptions and outcomes and ensure every child in Canada has the means to reach their greatest potential.

This goal cannot be achieved without the support of dedicated partners such as children's charities and hospitals, research centres, corporations, community leaders, and children themselves. 

Please join us! Together we can make Canada the best place in the world for our children to grow up. 


A Landmark Report On The State Of Canada's Children

Children First Canada undertook a national study on the state of childhood in Canada in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute, and with the support of many of our partners. We surveyed adults as well as children, to better understand the current challenges facing kids and to gauge public support for action. This report paints a starling picture of the harsh realities that our children face, and busts several myths about what it is like to grow up in Canada.


Donate today and give the gift of empowerment


Why not invest in kids and give the gift of empowerment? 

Donate today to Children First Canada and download a personalized card to give to your loved one. 

Your donation will go towards programs to improve the lives of all of Canada’s kids! Our programs support training and mentoring for children and youth to be agents of change in their communities and at the national level, research and awareness raising, and advocacy work that will result in measurable gains that improve the lives of our children.

For every dollar donated, your gift will be matched up to a total maximum cumulative donation of $10,000 by Sun Life Global Investments. That’s double the impact!